To prepare you should re-watch the four “Closer to Truth” interview programs hosted by Dr. Robert
Kuhn and read his article “Virtual Immortality” from Skeptic Magazine (on Canvas), which offers a good
analytical summary of the main issues with his critical analysis:
The Mind Body Problem
Can the Brain Alone Explain Consciousness?
Is Life after Death Scientifically Possible?
Tribute to Marvin Minsky
Topic: The three great proposals/possibilities emerging from our course regarding life after death are
Immortality of the Soul (Plato), Resurrection of the Death (Jesus & Paul), and Annihilation (Minsky).
Based on your viewing of the “Closer to Truth” programs discuss the ways in which science and
philosophy might address these issues in dealing with the mind-body problem, whether the brain alone
can explain consciousness, and whether life after death (either immortality of the soul or resurrection of
the dead) is scientifically possible or likely.
The mind body problem:
Can the brain alone explain consciousness?
IS LIFE AFTER DEATH POSSIBLE?
Tribute to Marvin Minsky: